Breakfast With the Word Friday Second Week of Advent
Criticism is simply people’s disapproval of something you did or said. There is one way to avoid criticism according to Matthew 11:16-19. Criticism comes into effect when people’s sole interest is to find a fault.
Hence, they listen or read with the sole intention of finding something to fault, analyse and judge you. One of the factors that easily affects us psychologically is when we live on people’s assessment of who we are.
Sometimes, what is still keeping many today in their hiding zones is the fear of what people will say or think about them. Sometimes our minds are so immersed in people’s evaluation of who we are that it also overrides those positive things we can do.
Many of us today are so afraid to do something positive because we fear what people will say and think about us.
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In the Gospel.
In the gospel, Jesus compares this generation to children in a marketplace who call one another but they do not respond.
They played the flute and sang for them but there was no response. They accused John the Baptist of being possessed by a demon because He wasn’t eating and drinking and yet Jesus came mingling with tax collectors, ate and drank with them. Hence, they accused Him of being a drunkard, a friend of sinners and tax collectors.
From the gospel today, in Matthew 11:16-19, Jesus was also worried about this psychological menace in His time.
The truth is that there is nothing you will do, that people will not criticise. They will surely criticise and fault you. Let it not stop your good intentions. This is normal.
If you like, feed the whole world, save lost souls, help the helpless etc many people will still look for something to talk about. Let it not stop you. God knows your heart. Even Jesus Christ and John were not safe in their own time. Never think that everybody will like what you do. This is a myth .
Take the Positives
Sometimes, the way people present you to their hearers can be so harsh that it causes you internal discomfort. But choose to remain positive. Take the lessons therein and keep going.
Rather than allowing people to hold your gifts in a cage, instead of allowing them to pull you to the mud, stand on your feet.
Do not allow the criticisms of other people define who you are. Jesus was not stopped in His own time because of people’s approval and disapproval of what He does.
So, instead of going down, always evaluate whatever they say or do, sieve out and take the positives and correct the negatives but let us never allow people stop you from fulfilling the mission God sends you to do in this world. Let the Holy Spirit guide whatever you do.
Avoiding Criticism Leads to This
The fact today is that we cannot avoid criticism even if you try to make everyone love you, someone will still have an issue with you. Many will misunderstand you.
Therefore, avoiding criticism will only keep you at bay, make you afraid of something that does not even exist and limit your potential.
The simple truth is that no one is perfect and even those talking at your back, criticizing your name, also have others who do the same to them. No one is immune to that.
If you sincerely want to avoid criticism then do nothing, say nothing, try nothing and be nothing. The only way to avoid criticism is to do nothing.
And this is what is keeping most gifted and talented young people yet in their comfort shells and afraid to do the mission God has sent them to do.
For the fact you have something you do, not many people will love that. It is normal.
So, if you want to avoid criticism, hide your gift.
Finally, do not do things only when people are praising you. Living on praises can also be misleading. Some of them are flattery. The fact here is that what we do in life must not find its foundation on what people say or do.
After our lives here, we are not going to give account to anyone except God. To come out of the shell should not make us fear.
What people will say is not supposed to be the pivotal point. Like Jesus said, in the gospel, the outcome will prove Wisdom right.
The truth always comes at last. In everything we do, wisdom plays a pivotal role. But follow your good heart. But If you really want to avoid criticism, then do nothing and choose to remain where you are.
May God bless you dearest and give us the strength to achieve victory over our challenges today Amen
Amen and Amen
MY Lord king and my Lord ,please help me not to hide my gift no matter what . let me do things that will please You rather than men. let critics not be my reason for not doing good ,or going to hell fire. Let me stand by truth no matter the case amen. Help me God
Lord give me the serenity to change what I can, courage to accept what I cannot and wisdom to know the difference. May we never be ashamed to live for you.
Amen, God with you by my side victory is sure
Amen. Been the point of a negative discussion can really have serious impact on one’s mental health, but that isn’t going to stop or even disturb me anymore.
This message is highly inspiring, thank you Padre. Eternal God help me to overlook what people say but to always seek Your will in everything I do. Amen
Criticism is one of the biggest challenges many people face today especially Christian. Criticism has taken over our society today that people now only do thing to get the approval of people in the society, to feel belonged and not left out. Criticism has so affected our way of life even in our dressing, feeding especially among younger people. Some people dress, regardless of the indecency involved because they do not want to be criticised by the other ‘modern’ girls or so called fashionistas. Some don’t want to join pious organizations in church so that they’re not labelled ‘onye uka’ or ‘holy holy’. Even to render help to people, some are scared because of what others will say.
May God deliver us from such mindset. Amen
Lord help me overcome my fears.
I love this talk so much.
It is obvious that when you really want to please people so that they will not criticize you, you end up in pleasing God. The truth remains that no one is immuned against criticism.
May God almighty help us to come out of our shells and make use of the gifts He has given us.
Amen. Thank you Father for your inspiration. May God continue to bless you for accepting to be His instrument to mankind.
Amen and Amen, thank you fr. More grace in Jesus name amen.
Amen. This is so inspiring. Thank you for accepting to be God’s instrument to mankind.
Thank you Jesus..father we pray you give us the grace to always overlook people’s criticism in our lives so that we can pray to you and also work for you with all our heart…Amen
Thank you Padre
Very well inspiring
AMEN, GOD BLESS YOU FR. ALL THE BEST IN YOUR EXAMS
Amen, Lord encourage me to be focuse on you my God.
Amen. Thanks for this inspiring piece
Thank you Padre. May God bless you with more wisdom and see you through in your exam…Amen
Amen…. May God help us not to listen to peoples criticism….. Amen
Amen! Thank you Padre 🙏🙏🙏🙏 more grace and all the best in your exams.
Give us the grace to always look beyond what people will thinknor say and do what is right to the glory and praise of your Holy Name through christ our Lord Amen
Amen, God help us to always overcome daily life challenges
May God help us all Amen
Amen, beautiful reflection. It’s will help me pass this phase of life.
Amen. I pray we heed these words in our hearts’. And shun every form of negativity/ill talks from people.. That is consulting people’s thoughts on whatever we set out to achieve. I also ask for the grace to remain steadfast in him, amidst all criticisms, Amen🙏🙏
Amen and Amen. God please help me not to listen to criticism from people but to follow my good heart and help me not to indulge in criticizing people.
Stay focused because what so ever one does in life, people must talk. This is because we all have different ways of perception.
May the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ keep us safe in the way to salvation in Jesus name Amen
Amen thanks Padre
Thank you Fr.
Criticism has been the strength all through my Life! So let us not allow it way us down! In Truth lies the Golden crown! AMEN AMEN AND AMEN!!!
O Lord please give me the grace to keep your laws, and to live a life of whom I am. Amen
Amen Amen Amen fire. God give me sufficient grace to follow u to the end.
Criticism is inevitable as long as we still take in oxygen. May God help us to always take bold steps amid critics.